Para Los Niños is closing the opportunity gap for children in distressed communities.  Building on children’s innate strengths and resilience, we prepare them to be critical thinkers, innovators and active participants in their community – both locally and globally.

We believe that children learn best from engaging experiences that inspire them to ask questions, investigate solutions, solve problems and build conceptual understanding; and in a safe environment, valued for who they are and what they bring to the learning context.

Our pedagogy is built on a foundation of strong children, families and communities.  To that end, we offer access to mental health and other family supportive services at each school site, and those providers are members of the school community.  In addition, we help parents support their children’s learning by participating in a variety of activities, from governance to workshops on a range of issues including advocacy, ESL and parenting.

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We believe children learn best…

  • When learning is integrated with the arts and across disciplines
  • Through inquiry- and project-based learning
  • Using their primary language and culture as building blocks for literacy
  • In school and classroom environments that stimulate learning
  • Through first-hand experiences that provoke thinking and language development
  • With sufficient time and opportunity to navigate complex and reflective learning experiences

The teacher’s role at Para Los Niños:







  • Create a safe and accepting environment where children can take risks and make mistakes
  • Foster each child’s potential and unlock her gifts and passions.
  • Value and encourage children’s voices, questions and ideas
  • Set high standards for academic achievement
  • Act as both researcher and facilitator in the learning process
  • Have deep and flexible knowledge of content and pedagogy
  • Balance direct instruction and student-centered learning

The student’s role at Para Los Niños:







  • Actively participate in thinking and learning
  • Express, interpret and demonstrate his/her knowledge in different ways
  • Explore, research and solve complex problems
  • Be a productive and responsible member of the school community

The parent/caregiver’s role at Para Los Niños:









  • Believe in his child’s potential
  • Value and encourage her child’s voice, questions and ideas
  • Support his child’s learning in school and at home


Charter Petitions

  • Please click here for Gratts Primary Center.
  • Please click here for Charter Elementary School.
  • Please click here for Charter Middle School.